Like I said in my La La Land post, there are so many opportunities that come with living in Los Angeles. I am definitely thinking about moving to Austin to try to keep living in a bigger city that will have more things to do to keep up with my blogging. One of these opportunities has been being able to participate in free photo shoot meetups. I was kind of worried at first but you get to know the people and it is a fun experience!
This photo shoot was not like the last one, it was in a studio that had different rooms and setups! I wish I had been able to see what the rooms looked like before I went because then I could have thought out more looks! Nonetheless, I was excited to go and shoot this dress! I honestly hadn’t shot in a while and I hadn’t done full hair and makeup in a while either! I almost did not want to go because of traffic and I was already tired after work, but after going and especially after working with these photographers I was glad I went!
So this dress is actually my boss’s dress! When she had a photoshoot I planned for her to wear this outfit (except with black boots) and we never got to it. I found it at a consignment store here in Los Angeles and I had the idea to cut it along the sides so it flowed and could show the black shorts underneath. While I wish I had my boots here with me, they are not black anyway, and since she didn’t shoot it I wanted to really bad. Thankfully she allowed me to borrow it and I totally fell in love with how these pictures turned out!
Photos shot by RK Visuals // @rk_visuals_ on Instagram // these are the unedited versions
Dress : (similar) // Belt : Pretty Little Thing // Boots : Charlotte Russe
Ever seen those Instagram famous girls, Youtubers, bloggers or celebs on your feed and you go to their page to stalk them and their page looks like it was perfectly put together and thought out? Do you go to your page after and cringe? Hopefully not and that’s just a me thing! BUT I wanted to share a few of my tips for a cohesive Insta aesthetic incase that is you too!
One thing I do for sure is to edit for my platform. Below are a few examples of how I have done that. First is the original picture pre-editing in Adobe Lightroom. I always edit first for the blog since that is my main goal. Then I send that picture to myself and edit that same picture AGAIN but in my photo editor on my phone. What looks good on the computer screen will look totally different on your phone! Honestly just a few tweaks here and there do the trick.
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- Decide what you want your Instagram to look like : Do you want lots of color? And orangey feel? Vintage looking photos? More nature in the background or you doing things with friends? Deicide what you enjoy and do the most of and go from there!
- Use the same filter every time : Do the same adjustments every time. I like to add pink undertones to my pictures then I only mess with the highlights and shadows. I start off doing the exact same number of adjustments every time and then since every picture is different, I then edit for that specific picture, not the other way around. This makes them all follow the same rules instead of creating a new look every time.
- Pinterest for Inspiration : Not only is Pinterest perfect for photo ideas but I have a friend that looks up filter presets on Pinterest before she changes her aesthetic to get ideas! Check out an example of what I’m talking about here and here or just search Pinterest ‘filter presets vsco’.
- Use an app : I use Planoly to schedule out my pictures and decide what pictures would look best next to each other. I always try to always take pictures with a new photo placement in mind. If I’ve had too many close ups I try to take one showing off the background or if I’ve taken a picture with a group I try to take a picture closer up of just me and a friend next to it to be more diverse.